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Construction and Design Team Member
About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

I wanted to be a part of something that would make a real difference to a community. Being a part of a team with like-minded people has helped open my mind to the understanding of how non-profits work properly, as well as increasing my confidence as a team leader and also increased my construction site knowledge.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Searching online for architecture build projects based in the UK.

Application process

The application was first made through an online application form with an attached portfolio to show my work and skill sets.

Main responsibilities

Through the project you are split into different teams, and within these teams you have sub-divided projects to build/organise/labour parts of the site. These teams then rotate around, so you are involved in all aspects of the build.

Typical day

We'd have a brief at the start of the day - splitting everyone into teams and saying what needed to be done that day. We'd then work these respective jobs - sometimes hopping inbetween teams when others needed more help. Then at 1pm-ish, have a small meeting saying what still needed to be done, then lunch. Then 2pm start to finish that days jobs and work until sunset, then a de-brief and pack all the tools/materials away.

What did I enjoy about my placement/internship?

The people were definitely the best part of the whole project - the community were fully involved the whole time. It was truly creating something with them that they really needed.

In any project, building something with the community that will be using it will create a strong ownership of the space, that hopefully it will last for years to come.

Challenging aspects

The deliveries of materials was the hardest part to deal with. As timber deliveries were 2 weeks behind and then the concrete deliveries were delayed - and normally this would be okay on a construction site - but this was a tight project turn around in 6 weeks ... so timing meant everything!

Did you use any skills learned from your course?

I've learnt much more about on site construction methods.

Has your time on placement influenced your future career choice?

Yes, definitely. It's helped me to confirm what I want to do. I've now been looking much more into sustainable build projects, farming and non-profit businesses.

Advice to students

My piece of advice to students

Don't let money be an issue for a project you want to do - fund raise, part-time job it, save up, crowdfund! Don't be worried about going and doing anything, just put yourself out there. You always regret what you didn't do, rather than what you've done.

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Form completed: 12 Sep 2017

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